I'm new to this forum and I have a question. We got another dog last weekend, after our old one died unexpectedly a few weeks ago (she was 11). We named the new dog Banjo, even though she's a girl! She's a real bitza and I am having trouble picking her breeds - which I will post about later when I've taken some photos.
She seems to have a really nice temperament and so far she has only displayed one truly bad habit, which is that she is very jumpy, licky and mouthy. She’s 10 mo and obviously one of her previous owners has encouraged this behaviour when she was a little puppy without any thought about how annoying such behaviour becomes when they get big.
After only 5 days though she barely jumps up at me anymore. I knew it would just take some consistency, ie. ignoring the jumping and rewarding her keeping 4 feet on the ground when she greets me. Progress with my daughter - who is only 6 - is a bit slower, probably mainly because she doesn't always reward the dog as soon as she stops the unwanted behaviour. And because she's smaller, she gets very worried about being scratched on the head. She's learnt to hide her face behind her arms as soon as the dog jumps, which also serves as a deterrent for the dog. So a bit of a way to go there and also with teaching her not to jump up on visitors. But I know we’ll get there.
But one behaviour that I find much harder to deal with is Banjo wildly licking my daughter when she's sitting or lying down next to her. I had to put a baby gate up so she couldn't get to my daughter's bedroom at night because she'd just jump on top of her in the middle of the night and started wildly licking her all over her head. We needed the gate anyway as she was an outdoor dog before and her toilet training isn't quite finished yet...
The dog sleeps on my bed – I know: spoiled! – and my daughter and I often watch tv in my bedroom before bedtime. And it’s often then that the dog will launch her lick attacks. If she tries it with me I just make a loud noise and push her away and then praise her as soon as she calms down and that works pretty well. But my daughter isn’t strong enough to push her away.
Any tips here? I do not want to keep the dog away from my daughter for the obvious reason that I want her to be a real family dog and she needs to learn manners asap. Cheers.